TWiV answers listener questions about pandemic response, excess deaths in 25-44 year olds, vaccines, vaccines, and vaccines.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Kathy Spindler, and Brianne Barker

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Weekly Picks 1:20:24

BrianneWe Know Almost Nothing About Giant Viruses
RichThe Coccolithophores Project
Kathyv-safe and  Vaccine Handbook
Vincent – Gorillas at San Diego Zoo infected with SARS-CoV-2 (pdf)

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Emily Travanty from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment joins TWiV to discuss how her laboratory was the first in the US to detect the SARS-CoV-2 variant VOC 202012/01.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Brianne Barker

Guest: Emily Travanty

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Weekly Picks 1:38:52

DicksonRandal Despommier on saxophone
BrianneGiant Microbes SARS-CoV2
AlanWest of Loathing
RichDraft landscape of COVID-19 candidate vaccines
VincentSARS-CoV-2 spillover events

Listener Pick

Daniel – His Vaccine Story Inspired His Father To Write A Disney Classic

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In this COVID-19 clinical update, Daniel Griffin summarizes current status of vaccination in the US, discusses a study on convalescent sera from Argentina, use of remdesivir in patients with kidney disease, and provides further considerations on the use of Ct values in patient management.

Hosts: Daniel Griffin and Vincent Racaniello

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On this episode, a discussion of why modifying the dose schedule of the mRNA vaccines in the US is not a good idea, evidence that lower Ct values on hospital admission is associated with higher mortality, and dose-dependent response to SARS-CoV-2 infection of ferrets.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Kathy Spindler, and Brianne Barker

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Weekly Picks 1:54:00

BrianneLinsey Marr on masks
KathyStriped Martian Sand Dunes and
RichHow Microwaving Grapes Makes Plasma
VincentMusings of an anonymous, pissed off virologist

Listener Pick

LauraAuld Lang Syne follow-up

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For this first episode of 2021, the complete TWiV team reviews compelling virology stories of 2020, and thanks the multitude of guests who have helped us to navigate the pandemic, and our many listeners who turn to us for scientific facts.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, Kathy Spindler, and Brianne Barker

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  • Poems are at Twiverse 1:17:48
  • This little virus went to market (TWiV 581) 5:39, 14:46
  • Host genetics initiative TWiV 628 27:29
  • Inborn errors of immunity & serious COVID TWiV 671 28:04
  • Lisa Gralinski TWiV 674 29:20
  • Tragic gene flow from Neanderthals TWiV 676 30:05
  • Ivermectin and COVID-19 (TWiV 599) 32:40
  • DC and Galveston road trips: TWiV 625, 643, 646, 589, 580, 583, 587) 5:48, 36:28
  • Fauci and Hotez interviews (TWiV 641, 687) 43:09
  • Long-haul COVID, pro-thrombotic autoantibodies (TWiV 680, 683) 49:09
  • Minority health and disparities (TWiV 655) 58:49
  • Diversity in science (TWiV 672, 670) 59:29
  • SeXX matters (TWiV 624) 1:00:00
  • Kate Rubins (TWiV 682) 1:08:11
  • Laura Splan (TWiV 691) 1:11:58
  • Protective immune responses (TWiV 693, 685, 683) 1:13:50
  • Immune memory/cross-reactivity (TWiV 684, 681, 650, 631) 1:14:23
  • Timestamps by Jolene. Thanks!

Weekly Picks 1:20:04

DicksonBest of 2020 by NASA and The Plague Year
BrianneWhere Year Two of the Pandemic Will Take Us
Alan – Japan’s distinct form of vaccine hesitancy
KathyPaul Offit updates on the vaccine rollout and Choral Scholars of University College Dublin (John Greene’s videoessay on the song)
RichDo You Love Me?
VincentStory on Katalin Kariko’s career

Listener Pick

LouiseVirus socks

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In Daniel Griffin’s final clinical report for 2020, he summarizes what we have learned about the clinical management of COVID-19 patients in the past year.

Hosts: Daniel Griffin and Vincent Racaniello

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TWiV reviews additional data on the UK variant of SARS-CoV-2, the distinct variant spreading in South Africa, association of afucosylated antiviral IgG with severe COVID-19, approval of AstraZeneca vaccine in the UK, and winners of the pandemic poem contest.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Kathy Spindler, and Brianne Barker

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Weekly Picks 1:57:24

BrianneReady Player Two
KathyBert Hubert’s Reverse Engineering of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
RichBoston Dynamics running robots
VincentFever by John Fuller

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From the 2020 online meeting of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Vincent speaks with Jonathan Auguste, Carol Blair, Desiree LaBeaud, Louis Lambrechts, and Mauricio Nogueira about their careers and their research on arthropod-borne viruses.

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Jonathan Auguste, Carol Blair, Desiree LaBeaud, Louis Lambrechts, and Mauricio Nogueira

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Daniel Griffin provides his weekly clinical report on COVID-19, including his own experience with vaccination, guidelines for vaccine distribution, reasons for under-utilization of monoclonal antibody therapy, and much more.

Hosts: Daniel Griffin and Vincent Racaniello

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TWiV reviews the latest data on the UK variant of SARS-CoV-2, including some properties of the variant and why it is being closely studied, development of liver cancer in a participant in a adenovirus-associated virus gene therapy trial, and answers to listener questions.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Kathy Spindler, and Brianne Barker

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Weekly Picks 2:03:01

BrianneEM Rap Podcast COVID update
KathyConjunction of Jupiter and Saturn and Tony Fauci vaccinated Santa Claus
RichChicken LIttle (wiki)
Vincentvirological.org

Listener Pick

GregSomeone who wants to make a difference
UliXKCD on statistics

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